Bemis Tupman Wins Small Business Honor

ALTON – Bemis Tupman Chiropractic has been named the July 2022 RiverBend Growth Association Small Business of the Month.

Located at 4105 Humbert Road, Suite 102, Alton, the firm formerly known as Dr. Frank C. Bemis and Associates changed its name after Frank’s daughter Kristina Bemis and her husband Stephen Tupman purchased the firm in December 2019. With their purchase, the practice is now known as Bemis Tupman Chiropractic.

“We bought the practice in December 2019, and the [pandemic] the shutdown began three months later, in March 2020,” Bemis said. “While our doors never closed, our practice suffered a loss as many of our elderly and wellbeing patients interrupted their regular care for a time.”

While the name was the most visible change with its fresh interior paint throughout, Bemis shared that the duo had “big dreams” for more changes in the future.

Bemis and Dr. Stephen Tupman met in 2013 while attending chiropractic school in Davenport, Iowa. A native of Alton, Bemis planned to join his father’s firm after graduation and possibly work in St. Louis as well. Tupman, originally from Concord, New Hampshire, had planned to return home and open his own business.

In 2015, their love for each other prompted Tupman to join Bemis in Alton. In 2016, the two worked in the office of Dr. Frank C. Bemis. They married in 2017. The couple welcomed their first daughter, Paris, in June 2019, and their second daughter, Ayla, in August 2021.

Dr. Chrissy Faccin-Rives joined Bemis Tupman Chiropractic in April 2019. She has remained a valuable part of the practice.

The firm also has two full-time employees who were patients before joining the team.

“They are both amazing at their jobs,” Dr. Bemis said, “and they understand and promote the importance of chiropractic in their daily lives. They are invested in our mission to be a beacon of hope and healing in our community.

“We offer continuing education based on chiropractic twice a year to our entire team,” she added. “We will also fund any continuing education they find specific to their work. One of our employees trained to become a chiropractic x-ray technician last year and is now certified to take all x-rays in our office.

After the COVID-19 closures, Bemis Tupman Chiropractic wanted to help educate other small businesses in the area who were struggling. In 2021, he launched the “Small Business Spotlight” focused on different small businesses in Riverbend. The idea was that patients would purchase items from this company through Bemis Tupman Chiropractic and one winner from those customers would be chosen in a monthly drawing for a $25 gift card from the company in highlight. Businesses highlighted included My Just Desserts, Alterations by Barb, Sleep in Heavenly Peace, Bossanova Restaurant and Lounge, Lonnie’s Nail Spa and It’s Raining Zen.

The firm also supports the annual Tennies & Ties Boys and Girls Club of Alton as well as the annual LeadHERship Seminar and RBGA Golf Classic. He collects Christmas gifts and gift cards for the Oasis Women’s Center, books for the Boys and Girls Club, canned food for area pantries, and coats and cash donations for collection from Riverbend Family Services and Head Start Coats for Kids. He also donated Thanksgiving dinners to ASL and donated proceeds from the sale of T-shirts to the breast cancer prevention program.

The office strives to ensure that it is a safe and calming environment where everyone feels welcome.

“We work with people from different backgrounds, different socio-economic backgrounds, different cultures and different levels of involvement in the community to help them achieve their health goals through chiropractic care and lifestyle modifications. way of life,” Bemis said. “We are the only Bemis chiropractic practice to be husband and wife owned and have two female practicing physicians. We keep chiropractic at the center of our care, and while we offer other services and products that complement it, the chiropractic adjustment is the most important aspect of what we do. We strive to always educate our patients, empowering them so they can make the best healthcare decisions for themselves and their family members.

“We continue to work to develop better working relationships with our medical community in Riverbend, including GPs, orthopedic surgeons, physiotherapists, pediatricians, and OB/GYNs,” she said. “We believe everyone can benefit from some form of chiropractic care, and we’ve seen the best outcomes with patients when their healthcare team includes a chiropractor and regular chiropractic care along with other healthcare professionals. required.”

Hours are 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 2pm-6.30pm on Tuesday; 8 a.m. to noon on Friday; and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. To learn more, visit or call 618-463-1600.

The RiverBend Growth Association is the chamber of commerce and economic development organization for the 11 communities known as Riverbend. For more information, visit or call 618-467-2280.

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